David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
Visanthe Shiancoe has yet to catch a pass with the Patriots.
With Rob Gronkowski recovering from his broken forearm injury suffered last weekend, another tight end had to step into the fold.
It wasn't Visanthe Shiancoe.
Instead, the Patriots facilitated Daniel Fells as the team's No. 2 tight end option behind Aaron Hernandez. While Fells did not have a standout game, he did have a much more significant impact than Shiancoe, who recently returned from short-term injured reserve.
Fells' blocks opened up lanes, and he also snagged a pass good for a 24-yard gain. Shiancoe on the other hand, had a hard time getting on the field.
Mid-game, ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss broke down the snaps at tight end via Twitter:
Shiancoe saw more work as the game wore on, but none of it was noteworthy. The 10-year pro has 243 receptions and 27 touchdowns on his NFL resume. Yet right now, he's still third in line at tight end, even without Gronkowski.